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When Is Impartiality Morally Appropriate?

Brad Hooker

in Partiality and Impartiality

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579952
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595233 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579952.003.0002
When Is Impartiality Morally Appropriate?

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This chapter begins by considering impartiality in the application of moral rules. Bernard Gert's influential conception of impartiality comes under scrutiny. It then discusses when impartial benevolence (act-utilitarianism) is or is not appropriate as the direct guide to decisions about what to do. The final section defends impartial assessment of moral rules and addresses its relation to agent-neutral assessment. Contractualism and rule-consequentialism converge in offering impartial justification for moral rules that accord very considerable scope to partiality.

Keywords: moral rules; utilitarianism; consequentialism; agent-neutrality

Chapter.  7054 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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